“DIARY OF A WINNER”

THE 1914 "MIRACLE" BRAVES
Lefty Tyler leads the Braves over the Pirates

July 20, 1914 ... The Braves are coming into their own, for they showed great stuff by sticking to a hard fought battle with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Forbes Field. Through the excellent work of Lefty Tyler, they defeated Pittsburgh by a score of 1 to 0 and moved into sixth place with the defeat of the Dodgers at St. Louis.

Johnny Evers and company have the demoralized Pirates on the run. Pittsburgh manager Fred Clarke showed that he was afraid of the Braves today when he held the identity of his pitcher until the bell rang for the game to begin. Conzelman was warming up along with Tyler and getting the kinks out for the game. Josh Devore and Joe Connolly, left-handed hitters, were on the scorecard and the instant that Stallings saw that Wilbur Cooper, a left-hander, come from out of the dugout, he took back his list and substituted Oscar Dugey and Ted Cather. The Pirates tried every method to win today's game, but the Braves are fighting tooth and nail, and Pittsburgh never had a chance.

Mike Mowrey doubled in the first inning with two out, but the next man was easily. Ed Mensor was hard to pitch to in the third inning, and he walked, but the next three men could do nothing with Tyler. In the fourth, the Pirates looked a little dangerous when, with two men out Jim Viox and Ed Konetchy singled in succession. Viox got to third, but Mike Mitchell could not hit the ball past the pitcher and ended the inning. Bob Coleman led off the fifth inning with a base hit past second base, but was forced by Cooper, who very foolishly tried to show catcher Bert Whaling up by stealing second and was out by 10 feet. in the seventh, Viox was passed and on the second pitch to Konetchy, Whaling saw a chance to nab Viox at first base and took advantage on a quick throw down to Butch Schmidt,

At no other point did the Pirates come close to being in the game, and while the score was close, the Braves had the upper hand all the way.

In the very first inning, Mensor robbed Dugey of at least a triple and Honus Wagner stole a hit from Johnny Evers by running into the centerfield to catch his Texas leaguer. Fielding like that stopped the Braves from scoring, but in the ninth the crack came and the Stallings crew took advantage of the opening.

With no score, Butch Schmidt was first up and started the trouble with a single to center. Charlie Deal neatly sacrificed him to second, and Leslie Mann slammed the ball to right-center between Mensor and Mitchell. Both fielders were off in the direction of the ball at the crack of the bat and both arrived at the same time with a long time to get to it, for it was hit very high, but both ballplayers stopped and the ball dropped between them. Schmidt held at second base, waiting to go to third after the catch and while he waited, and eventually moved over to third, Mann made it to second base. Cooper then intentionally passed Whaling to take a chance on pitching to Tyler. Manager Stallings brought in Hank Gowdy to pinch-hit and Cooper had trouble getting the ball over the plate, passing Hank, and allowing the only run of the game to score. Devore, who ran for Schmidt, crossed the plate and the Braves were up 1 to 0. The Pirates raised a howl over umpire Rigler's decision on the fourth ball but the run was enough to win for the Braves and tonight they rest happily in sixth place.

Charlie Deal at some of his friends from Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania out to see him perform and though they gave him a hand, he did not have a good day the plate, but his sacrifice in the ninth-inning was timely. He also made a great play in the field of Wagner's ground ball in the sixth.

 

at Forbes Field (Pittsburgh) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON BRAVES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

 

1

6

0

PITTSBURGH PIRATES

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

0

4

3

W-Lefty Tyler (7-9)
S-Bill James (3)
L-Wilbur Cooper (9-7)
Attendance – 2000

2B-Dugey (Bost), Mann (Bost), Mowrey (Pitts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Oscar Dugey rf 5 0 2 .194  

 

Johnny Evers 2b 3 0 0 .305  

 

Ted Cather cf 2 0 0 .246  

 

Rabbit Maranville ss 4 0 0 .248  

 

Butch Schmidt 1b 4 0 1 .271  

 

Josh Devore pr 0 1 0 .309  

 

Bill James p 0 0 0 .275  

 

Charlie Deal 3b 2 0 0 .237  

 

Les Mann lf 4 0 2 .238  

 

Bert Whaling c 2 0 1 .238  

 

Lefty Tyler p 3 0 0 .260  

 

Hank Gowdy ph 0 0 0 .236  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Lefty Tyler 8 4 0 2 2  
  Bill James 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

1914 NATIONAL LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

New York Giants 47 32 -

 

 

Chicago Cubs 47 37 2 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals 46 40 4 1/2

 

 

Cincinnati Reds 39 44 10

 

 

Philadelphia Phillies 37 42 10

 

 

BOSTON BRAVES

37 43 10 1/2

 

 

Brooklyn Robins 35 42 11

 

 

Pittsburgh Pirates 35 43 11 1/2